Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 417 kW DC solar system at Marin Country Club in Novato, CA. The innovative solar PV system is one of the more significant sustainability measures Marin Country Club has deployed in recent years to deliver environmental and economic benefits to the club and the North Bay community. The solar system design includes a low profile ground mounted system that follows the rolling contours of a hillside and a custom-engineered solar parking canopy system that provides shade to member and visitor vehicles and supports several electric-vehicle charging stations. The system is designed to produce more than 650,000 kWh annually, the equivalent of powering approximately 70 homes, and is expected to offset approximately 95% of the Club’s annual utility bills. The Club’s conversion to renewable energy is projected to reduce their operating costs by thousands of dollars every month, stabilize energy expenses for decades to come, and significantly reduce the Club’s environmental footprint.
Marin Country Club is a family-oriented golf and country club, with a deep sense of community and committed to promoting a healthy, active and engaging social experience for its members. Going solar is the latest in a series of sustainability projects completed by the Club that include an LED lighting retrofit, deployment of EV charging stations, and a major investment in reclaimed water with the North Marin Water District, all of which will reduce the Club’s overall environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable, healthy operation.
“Marin Country Club understands that environmental and economic responsibility can go hand in hand, and they should be applauded for taking a leadership role in our community,” says SolarCraft CEO Ted Walsh.
“The solar system is an exciting addition to our facility, and represents the continued intentions of our Board and our members to be responsible members of our community,” adds the Club’s General Manager, Ryan Wilson. “We have partnered with SolarCraft and other local organizations to meet our sustainability objectives, while also saving money on operating expenses and supporting local businesses.”
More than 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide will be offset over the life of the solar energy system. This environmental benefit is equivalent to removing more than 100 cars from local roads each year preserving 570 acres of Northern California forests.